If nothing else, Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland will fly, er, go the extra mile to try to settle things with RFA Andreas Athanasiou. Holland flew to Toronto for a face-to-face meeting with Athanasiou on Saturday, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press. St. James passes along some reasonably optimistic updates from Athanasiou’s camp and also reports that the two sides have discussed deals that would last either one or two years. (The two-year version would carry a $1.9 million cap hit, according to St. James. This would make some sense in that it would parallel what the Calgary Flames gave Sam Bennett.) There’s clearly still some work to do, especially with the KHL leering as at least a minor threat, yet this seems to be fairly positive. The overall picture for the Red Wings is gloomy heading into 2017-18, however, because of updates like these.
Red Wings updates: Meeting with Athanasiou, Kronwall on the mend
Pro Hockey Talk | Sep 16